Chris Sale tossed eight shutout innings against the Giants on Tuesday. He gave up four hits and two walks while striking out 12 but settled for the no-decision after the bullpen blew the lead in the ninth.
There's so much to love about owning Sale in fantasy leagues and the security that he brings you every time he steps onto the mound is something every owner covets. Not only has Sale maintained a 2.01 ERA over 19 starts this season, but his 150:24 K:BB over 140 innings allows him to boost you in every pitching category but saves. We're probably just spinning our wheels here telling you great things that you should already know, so we'll just say enjoy the ride and he should have another dominant performance his next time out when he faces the Blue Jays. ANALYST: Howard Bender
Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 with one RBI and a run scored during Monday’s loss to the Angels.
Brantley has now hit safely in each of his last eight games, though this run has only produced one home run and two RBI. As expected, Brantley hasn’t been able to live up to his numbers from last season. Sure, he’s shown better plate discipline and the 11.2-percent walk rate is nice to see, but the power numbers and the speed are going to come up short. He remains a decent support outfielder, but he is not a team’s No. 1 which is, unfortunately, where you probably drafted him to be. Analysis: Howard Bender
Stephen Vogt went 2-for-4 with two doubles and one RBI during Monday’s 9-2 loss to the Orioles.
The two hits broke an 0-for-24 run that was brutalizing his fantasy owners, but the drop-off here in the second half -- .140 with just three RBI over 50 at-bats – should have been seen coming. He’s a 30-year old catcher who has never caught a full season in the majors, and with the way the A’s were working him, you had to figure he’d tire and his numbers would regress. We’re not saying to give up on him, but you also shouldn’t expect more than just a barely-average second half either. Analysis: Howard Bender